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In the face of escalating sectarian violence and increasing expressions of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry across North America, Europe and around the world, thousands of Muslims and Jews will be coming together in scores of cities around the globe to declare: We Refuse to Be Enemies.
We Refuse to be Enemies is the theme of the 8th Annual Season of Twinning, which every November and December brings together Muslims and Jews - and people of other faiths as well - to hold joint events focused on educating communities about one other, working together on behalf of people in need and standing together against bigotry.
The Season of Twinning officially kicks-off on Sunday, November 1 with an Interfaith rally in Trenton, NJ, to be followed by events in Washington, New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Brussels, Tel Aviv Rabat, Morocco, and scores of other cities in nearly 20 countries around the world. There have already been several events associated with the Season of Twinning over the past several weeks, including an inspiring Interfaith Peace Walk in Melbourne, Australia and a Surfers for Peace aquatic manifestation by Jewish and Muslim surfers off the beach in Biarritz, France.
The Season of Twinning was initiated in 2008 by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) - a New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to building a global movement of Muslims and Jews focused on strengthening ties between our communities.
"In the face of multiple crises now roiling Muslims and Jews in the Middle East and around the world and of increasing efforts by demagogues and extremists to incite our communities against each other, it is more critical than ever that Muslims and Jews come out in public to say 'We Refuse to Be Enemies,'" said FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier. "We can agree to disagree respectfully on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while resolving to build ties of communication and cooperation for the betterment of both communities and the larger communities in which we live side by side."
Notable activities taking place around the world during the Season of Twinning include:
Additional We Refuse to Be Enemies events with dates soon to be announced include Atlanta, Houston, Montreal, Berlin, Vienna, Krakow and Warsaw, Florence and Wellington, New Zealand. In mid-December, FFEU and the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a national coalition of faith groups against Islamophobia, will co-sponsor a major Interfaith We Refuse to Be Enemies event at the Islamic Center of Irving, TX, a place where the mayor has falsely claimed local Muslims are trying to establish Sharia law. Also in mid-December, FFEU will co-sponsor a Muslim and Jewish Women's Interfaith lunch in Rabat, Morocco under the patronage of King Mohammed VI.
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View Twinning booklet PDF here: 2015 Season of Twinning
The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding is encouraging participants in this year's Season of Twinning to join the movement against bigotry by forming local Muslim-Jewish Solidarity committees and by signing a pledge: "While interacting with members of my own faith or ethnic community, or with others, if I hear hateful comments from anyone about members of any other community, I pledge to stand up for the other and challenge bigotry in any form."
To find out more about events happening throughout this year's Season of Twinning, visit: (www.ffeu.wordpress.com and www.ffeu.org). Follow the conversation on Twitter at #WeRefuseToBeEnemies and #Tw15nning.
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